Coffee shops and American-themed restaurants are among the outlets bucking the trend on the high street for closing stores this year, a new study shows. 

The report by PwC and the Local Data Company showed that town centres saw 964 stores close between January and September 2014 with clothing shops the hardest hit with 365 shut in that time.

The business that have seen the most openings in this period were coffee shops, banks, pound shops, charity shops, convenience stores and American restaurants.

Mark Hudson, retail leader at PwC, said the survey, which looked at 500 town centres, showed chaining shopping habits as more retailers and shoppers move online.

Hudson said: ”We’re heading for a High Street based around immediate consumption of food, goods and services or distress or convenience purchases.

“I’m not sure that’s what customers really want - but consumer and business economics are pointing in that direction at the moment,” he added.

Matthew Hopkinson, director of the Local Data Company, said the study showed the trend for traditional outlets opting for retail park spaces instead of high street stores.

“I’m not sure that’s what customers really want - but consumer and business economics are pointing in that direction at the moment,” he added.

Matthew Hopkinson, director of the Local Data Company, said the study reflected “significant changes across town centres.

“Multiple retailers are continuing to close stores on high streets in favour of retail parks and shopping centres,” he added.

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